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0 Gauge A4 LNER Mallard Kitbuild Partwork




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#1 BlueLightning

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 22:51

Hi Guys and Gals!!

 

I have been collecting the Hachette Mallard Partwork Magazine for what seems like forever!! I have finally received my final issues and as a result it is time to start building!!

 

I have got my Great British Locomotives A4 out of storage to act as some inspiration in the background on my workbench:

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Having followed the partwork thread since the magazine launched, I had discovered the first thing I needed to do was to strip the paint of the main boiler castings, due to it being so thick! To do this I used some Wilko Paint Stripper:

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As you can see this had started to take effect even before I had a chance to take the photo, this was left on for about an hour before being washed off leaving me with some much cleaner castings to start with:

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This is as far as I have got but it means tomorrow I can begin the building process, any tips anyone has will be very much appreciated.

 

Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed,

 

Gary


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 07:54

Morning Gary

 

I too have got about as far as you with this project and I am looking for some enthusiasm to re-start mine so I will be following this thread from now on.

 

Good luck with the build.

 

Jim



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Posted 07 September 2017 - 08:49

Thanks Jim,

 

My mojo for this project has really shot up recently. Stripping the primer off the boiler castings was well worth the effort as the detail can be seen so much better and the parts actually fit which they didn't with the primer on! It will get a blast from the airbrush once it is all built.

 

Gary


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 21:13

Well a few hours have been spent on the Mallard this evening,

 

First as per issue 1 I put the cab together:

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Then issue 2 the nose:

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and Issue 3 the main boiler section, I had trouble getting my drill to make the holes for the hand rails so I am going to try another method tomorrow:

2017-09-07 22.00.48.jpg

 

If we add the 2 parts together you can already see it looking like the Mallard:

2017-09-07 22.00.54.jpg

 

Tomorrow I hope to get the handrail knobs in and begin work on the chassis!!

 

Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed,

 

Gary


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 20:44

Success!!! I got the holes drilled for the handrail knobs!!!!
2017-09-08 17.35.05.jpg

 

With this hurdle overcome I moved onto the next issue and got the interior window fittings in the cab:

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And the ash guards and handrails on the outside:

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This is all I have managed to get done tonight and as I will be quite loud with the next step I shall leave that until tomorrow, however I am home all day so hopefully I will catch up back towards where I wanted to be at this point.

 

The loco is currently looking quite good, handrails have been fitted for the photo but have not been stuck in so that they can be removed for painting:

2017-09-08 21.19.31.jpg

 

Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed,

 

Gary


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Posted 09 September 2017 - 12:57

Solder or glue for the brass parts?

 

Mine is currently awaiting building....and the return of any mojo.

 

I'm also trying to source radius rods so as to be able to do the loco without skirts.



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Posted 09 September 2017 - 13:01

Hi Jeff,

 

Good quality Super Glue, I really cannot be bothered with the effort needed to get whatever it is they have coated the brass with off!!

 

If I had more patiences then it would be solder.

 

Gary


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Posted 09 September 2017 - 17:21

Let's hope the superglue holds up over time. Some of them do go a touch brittle.
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Posted 09 September 2017 - 18:46

Hi Horsetan,

 

Yes I have seen some go quite bad, for this I am using Javis  CA, I have some stuff that I did with it 6 years ago that is still OK. Hopefully they haven't changes the formula in that time and this will be OK.

 

Most of my scratch building is done in plasticard using this glue as I don't trust anything else!!

 

Gary


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Posted 09 September 2017 - 21:45

Will I never get the time I plan to work on this project?!

 

However I have done very well today getting through quite a few issues.

 

Firstly I finished issue 4 which got the cab attached to the body, I then moved onto issue 5 which saw detail added to the boiler in the form of hatch doors and boiler band detailing:

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Issue 6 saw the beginning for the chassis, this issue took less than 5 minutes!!

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Issues 7 and 8 added the other side of the inner chassis and lots of spacers:

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and finally for today issue 9 added the left hand outer chassis which includes plenty of detailing:

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Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed,

 

Gary


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Posted 10 September 2017 - 21:02

We have moved forward today.

 

Firstly with issue 10 adding the same detail to the right hand side as issue 9 did to the left:

2017-09-10 10.27.45.jpg

 

Issue 11 had the backhead and required holes drilling and washout plugs fitting:

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Issue 12 added some castings to the backhead, I think I have been quite lucky as mine are rather well casted:

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Issue 13 added some more bits to the backhead and some detail to the smokebox:

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and issue 14 added a steam pipe and handles to the inspection hatch doors:

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However having now had 2 glasses of wine I think this should be where I stop for the evening!!

 

Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed,

 

Gary


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 21:51

So tonight being a club night meant most of my modelling time was taken up there!

 

However I'm not one to let things like that stop progress!!

 

So we will start with issue 15 which I did before work this morning, This included the beginnings of the tender chassis and some more backhead detail:

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Issue 16 also done this morning started work on the cab roof:

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I wasn't a fan of this roof and did consider making an entire new one out of brass sheet, the casting provided is way to thick!!

 

Issue 17 the first springs for the loco chassis:

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18 returned to the cab roof, adding some more detail including the roof hatches which open and close:

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19 added some more springs to the loco chassis:

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This now leaves us with after 6 days work:

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Something I think is quite good for that timescale!!

 

Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed,

 

Gary


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 08:48

Enjoying this, thanks. Like you, I was disappointed with the roof. I do, however, have an unmade Piercy A4, from which I'll try and copy the brass roof. We'll see...........


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 09:24

Thanks Jeff,

 

I am enjoying building it, in general so far it has proven to be a much better kit than I was expecting, I think that is half the reason I have got as far as I have so quickly, after all it was only last Wednesday that I went to Wilko to get the paint stripper!!

 

I decided to stick with the roof provided as this loco will not get much use once finished as I normally work in 00 and I think the misses would kill me if I started something in 0 gauge, although I do have clearance for a loop of track around the Christmas Tree, so if I can finish it by then it should at least get a chance to be run in!!

 

Gary


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 12:27

Did you buy the motor and pickups? If not, what will you use?

 

Many people over on the Facebook site said the replacement wheels were still not up to scratch, at least if you intend running it, so spent £60 odd on new ones from slaters.


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 12:37

I did not buy the motor and gear box, although from reading the magazines I think the pickups actually came with one of the later issues.

 

I will be having a chat with Dave from Roxey Mouldings at some point about motor and gearbox as he will be attending the Uckfield MRC Exhibition (SHAMELESS PLUG: 21st and 22nd October, Uckfield Civic Centre, 10am - 5pm both days), I will also hopefully be picking up the required paint from him while I am there.

 

I have not been on the Facebook site and had assumed the replacement whels wouldn't be to bad, but as I said I do not intend for it to run much so if they are not then it shall remain stationary for it's whole life, I do have a Terrier for the Christmas Tree!!

 

Gary



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 21:23

Another day of work on the model completed, And we are moving at a nice pace still.

 

Issue 20 had the construction of the cab doors:

2017-09-12 10.46.12.jpg

 

and 21 the Hornblocks for the chassis:

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Some cab details wee included with issue 22:

2017-09-12 12.39.52.jpg

 

This issue also saw some more details added to the cab roof and that attached to the body:

2017-09-12 13.39.17.jpg

 

The cab doors were also attached with this issue:

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Issue 23 added some bits to the bottom of the tender Chassis:

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and Issue 24 another bit:

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That is all for tonight, thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed,

 

Gary


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:01

Hi Gary,
Looks very nice and very clean. Do I read it correct that you are using cyano for all the assembly, including the frames?
If I understand correctly there is a coating on the etchings that is difficult to remove for soldering. Have you tried rubbing the etchings in the flat with a gariflex block?
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:32

Hi Peter,

 

Yes I'm using Cyano of the assembly, I would have soldered if it wasn't for the coating on the etchings.

 

I have not tried anything for removing it, I honestly couldn't see any reason too, since it will mainly be a display loco. I would probably have put some effort into trying if it was going to be used regularly, I understand that other people have been able to remove it.

 

Gary



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:46

Hi Gary,
That makes sense then if it's only for display.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:29

Peter,

 

Yes unfortunately for the model, I am normally 00, and don't have the room for an 0 gauge layout that could justify an A4, no matter how good it would look with a rake of Gresleys!!

 

It will have a motor, but shall only be used around the bottom of the Christmas Tree although that will mainly be done by my Dapol Terrier so the Mallard will see little to no use.

 

Gary



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:10

how are you building this? are you soldering or using superglue?



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:07

Hi Dan,

 

Superglue, just because I'm to lazy to get rid of the coating on every bit of brass. It will mostly just be for display so shouldn't be under much stress, so I'm hoping super glue should be good enough.

 

Gary


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:32

.... mostly just be for display so shouldn't be under much stress, so I'm hoping super glue should be good enough.

 

At least if the glue fails, the parts won't have distorted, and it will just be a case of sticking them back together again.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:13

That's true!! I hadn't thought of it like that.

 

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